I don't know why but I'm recently hooked on making Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes. The combination of the soft, fluffy and spongy chiffon cake with the sweetened whipped cream makes such a light, delectable and pretty treat - and one is always not enough for me, I have to eat at least 2 at one go!
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When X came home and saw this batch of Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes, he wanted to ask, "Why is there an egg on top of the cake?" It does look like an shiny and oozy egg yolk, doesn't it? But of course I will not plop a cooked egg on top of a cake, which would have been really weird. The yellow goodness is actually lemon curd!
I really like lemon treats (though X is not very fond of them) - the tanginess makes a dessert so refreshingly delicious. This lemon curd recipe uses only 1 egg yolk, which is perfect to use up the leftover egg yolk from the chiffon cake recipe. I mixed most of the lemon curd into the vanilla whipped cream while saving some to dollop on top for decoration, hence accidentally creating an "egg effect" on these cupcakes.
If you a fan of all things lemon and cake, you've definitely got to try this recipe - it's pretty easy to make and you don't have to worry about a collapsing chiffon as the cream will cover up all flaws; it's also creamy, lemony and delicious, perfect to go with an afternoon tea or coffee. I won't be posting step-by-step photos as the cake's step-by-step photos can be seen in these Pandan Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes while the lemon curd step-by-step photos can be seen in the Lemon Cheesecake recipe (another lemon dessert for lemon lovers!)
Lemon Curd Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes
Egg Yolk Batter
Egg White Batter
- 100 grams egg whites, at room temperature (about 3 egg whites)
- Pinch of salt
- 15 grams caster sugar
Whipped Cream Filling
- 100 grams whipping cream, minimum 35% fat
- 10 grams caster sugar
- 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon curd
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 ½ tablespoons caster sugar
- Zest of ½ lemon, optional
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
- Egg Yolk Batter: Whisk all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a wire whisk until incorporated. Set aside.
- Egg White Batter: Get another mixing bowl (preferably metal) and make sure it's dry and oil-free. Add in the egg whites and beat with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until foamy. Add in the salt and beat the egg whites on medium speed. While the mixer is running, add in the sugar gradually. Once all the sugar has been added, turn the mixer speed up to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks formed.
- Add ⅓ of the Egg White Batter into the Egg Yolk Batter. Using the wire whisk, fold in the egg whites to loosen the mixture. Fold in the remaining Egg White Batter gently with the wire whisk. Change to a rubber spatula and scrape up the bottom of the mixing bowl a few times, making sure that both batters are mixed well together.
- Divide the batter among 8 cupcake liners (10 to 12 if using standard-size cupcake liners) and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. The cupcakes will puff during baking then shrink slightly as it cools. Let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack.
- Whipped Cream Filling: Chill a bowl and the beaters (of the electric mixer) in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place the whipping cream and sugar into the chilled bowl and beat on medium to medium-high speed until stiff peaks formed. Beat in the lemon curd until incorporated. Transfer the whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
- Poke the cupcakes in the middle with the star tip and squeeze in the whipped cream until the cupcakes is slightly puffed. Remove and pipe a small star on top as decoration if desired. Dust with icing sugar, plop a bit more lemon curd on top and serve.
- Store any leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within 5 days.
- Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Set aside.
- Beat egg yolk with a wire whisk in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Place lemon juice, sugar and lemon zest in a small pot and bring to a simmer.
- Whisk the egg yolk again with a wire whisk then slowly add in the boiling lemon juice mixture - drop by drop then in a tiny stream until ⅔ of the lemon juice mixture is added, whisking the egg yolk constantly. This tempers the egg and prevent it from scrambling later on.
- Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the pot and place it over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently with a spatula, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Remove the pot from heat and place in the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Stir frequently until the lemon curd has cooled down before using.